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Monday Tip-Off: The Lure of Roster Modding

Kawhi Leonard in the 2012/2013 Roster for NBA Live 08

We’re at midcourt, and the ball is about to go up…it’s Monday Tip-Off! Start your week here at the NLSC with a feature that’s dedicated to opinions, commentary, and other fun stuff related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games.

It’s been almost four years since I released my last current roster updates for NBA Live 2005 through 08. Although I’ve dabbled with beta versions of a fictional league roster and an Ultimate Jordan roster – and I would like to return to those projects at some point – it would seem that my days of working on the rosters and other big modding projects are getting further and further behind me. That’s not to say that I won’t continue to release work here and there, or that I’m completely done with modding, but right now, I’d have to say that I think I’m done with regular current season roster updates.

I’m phrasing it that way because I wouldn’t want to say that I’m definitely, unquestionably done, at least until I get to a point in my life where being involved in modding simply isn’t feasible. While I don’t want to give the impression that any announcements or releases are imminent, doing some more work with rosters is something that I wouldn’t want to rule out completely. As tiresome as the process can be, as much as it can become a chore, I can’t deny that as someone who has worked on such projects for many years, the lure of roster modding is often strong.

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The Friday Five: 5 Roster Editing Needs in NBA Live

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

Great gameplay is paramount, deep game modes keep us hooked, but another essential element of any basketball video game is customisation. It’s an area where NBA Live has been lacking since its comeback in 2013, and although NBA Live 16 did see the return of gameplay sliders, roster editing was still missing. It’s an issue that many of us have grown impatient about, and to that end, it’s vital that roster customisation returns to NBA Live in the next full release. If what’s coming in the first quarter of this year is a stripped down release or demo as currently speculated, it would be understandable if there isn’t any roster editing in that.

But yes, the next full version of NBA Live absolutely needs to provide us with roster editing functionality. As I’ve said many times before when discussing this topic, it’s nice to have the official roster updates, but there are times when we want (and need) to make our own changes, and we should be able to do that. Roster editing has been a staple of basketball video games for a long time now, and there are a few functions in particular that we need to have. Without any further ado, here are five roster customisation features that I believe NBA Live needs moving forward.

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NBA Jam 2K17 Now Available (Super Nintendo Mod)

NBA Jam 2K17 Logo

Exciting news, NBA Jam fans! Millertime2325 has completed his NBA Jam 2K17 mod for the Super Nintendo version of NBA Jam Tournament edition. The mod is available to download here over on his blog.

It features all 30 NBA teams (including New Orleans, Toronto, and Memphis) and 117 of the top players in the league, with rosters accurate as of January 1st, 2017. You’ll also find NBA Legends such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, and a couple of other secret players in the spirit of the original game.

I’m hoping to get a video review of the mod done as soon as possible, but in the meantime, the release of NBA Jam 2K17 has been picked up by Kotaku. Millertime2325 has also put together a launch trailer, which you can watch below, or check out here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

It’s a fantastic mod for a classic arcade basketball game, so I highly recommend checking it out. Further information and previews can be found in this thread in our Forum, so be sure to stop by and thank Millertime2325 for all his hard work.

Speaking of thanking Millertime2325, if you’d like to show your appreciation for NBA Jam 2K17, he’s asking if people would consider making a donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A cancer survivor himself, he’ll be running the Boston Marathon in April this year, in an effort to raise $10,000 for the cause. You can read more about his story here, and make a donation here.

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Check out the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today’s releases include updated jerseys for the San Antonio Spurs, and the latest version of the U R Basketball mod, now featuring retro Olympic teams. Download them both at the links below!

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2017 San Antonio Spurs Uniforms

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have a couple of new file additions for NBA Live 08 PC for you today. Book_Gazette has updated his current 2017 season roster as of January 7th, and also released a pack of player faces. Download both releases at the links below!

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.1.1)
2016-17 Book Gazette CF Pack

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Here are the latest file additions for NBA 2K14 PC! Today we have some conversions of a few NBA 2K17 courts including Team USA, the Australian Boomers, and the Gatorade practice gym, and a UCLA Bruins court. You’ll also find the latest versions of Med’s roster update and skoadam’s U R Basketball mod, the latter of which now contains a MyCAREER compatible roster for the 2017 season. Be sure to check out all of the latest releases at the links below.

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NBA 2K17 USA Basketball Court for NBA 2K14
NBA 2K17 Australian Boomers Court for NBA 2K14
2017 UCLA Bruins Court for NBA 2K14
NBA 2K17 Gatorade Court for NBA 2K14

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Med’s NBA Roster Appdata Files (Updated to v4.4b)

skoadam
2K14 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

As we tip off a new year here at the NLSC, I’d just like to remind everyone once again of our upload facilities, and our goal of creating a comprehensive collection of mods and tools for both NBA Live and NBA 2K. If you’d like to contribute your work to the Downloads section but you’re not sure where to begin, check out this video tutorial. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask me and I’ll help you out as best I can.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Let’s wrap up the year with the latest file addition for NBA Live 08! Book_Gazette has released a new version of his roster update for the 2017 season, which you can download at the link below.

Book_Gazette
2016-17 Roster Update (Updated to v1.1)

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Downloads section throughout 2016. Our modding community has done some fantastic work for NBA Live and NBA 2K alike, and I’m sure that the great releases will continue in 2017. Keep it locked to the front page for the file additions bulletins, and be sure to keep tabs on the Forum for the latest previews and releases.

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File Additions for NBA 2K12

NBA 2K12 Cover Art - Michael Jordan

We have a new file addition for NBA 2K12 PC today, as LASquared has released a pack containing some special custom rosters. Check it out at the link below!

Luis (LASquared)
LASquared Roster Pack for NBA 2K12

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Pick up the latest version of PatTheHead’s retro roster pack in today’s file additions for NBA 2K13!

PatTheHead
1946/47 to 1984/85 ABA + NBA Seasons (Updated to v4.1)

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA Live 08 PC include a roster pack, and the latest version of LASquared’s Historical Roster. Check them both out at the links below!

LASquared
LASquared Roster Pack for NBA Live 08
Historical Roster (Updated to v0.8)

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File Additions for NBA 2K13

NBA 2K13 Cover Art

Keep NBA 2K13 PC up to date with skoadam’s U R Basketball mod! Download the latest version, featuring 2017 season rosters updated through November 30th, at the link below.

skoadam
2K13 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

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File Additions for NBA 2K14

NBA 2K14 Cover Art

Today’s file additions for NBA 2K14 PC include the latest version of URB and a complete cyberface ID list for the mod, the Houston Rockets’ black alternate jersey, and a new 3D mohawk hairstyle. Check them all out at the links below!

skoadam
CFs ID List for URB 2017 Roster
2K14 U R Basketball V49 [33 Complete Seasons Mods] + Accurate 16-17 Roster/Rotations [ALL Transactions 30/11/16] (Updated)

UNTAMEDBEAST
Houston Rockets Black Alternate Jersey

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3D Mohawk Hair

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The Friday Five: 5 More Patches I Always Wanted to Make

The Friday Five

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Friday Five! The Friday Five is a feature that I post every Friday in which I give my thoughts on a topic that’s related to NBA Live, NBA 2K, and other basketball video games, as well as the real NBA, and other areas of interest to our community. The feature is presented as either a list of five items, or in the form of a Top 5 countdown.

A little over two years ago, I wrote a Friday Five column about five patches that I always wanted to make, but never did. Since then, I’ve given a couple of them a try, releasing beta/demo versions of an Ultimate Jordan Roster, and a fictional league roster inspired by World League Basketball. They’re a couple of projects that I’d like to return to when I have the opportunity, as I do like to get back to my roots and make some patches from time to time. It’s been a while since my last release, so I must admit that I am getting the itch to work on something beyond my regular columns and other features (although I certainly do enjoy creating that content, too).

Because I don’t have as much free time as I used to, these days I prefer to focus on making smaller patches that fill a particular need, or works that are creatively satisfying, rather than the regular roster updates that I used to create. When I’m trying to come up with some fun ideas for patches, I still tend to think back to projects that I’ve envisioned in the past, but never got around to making. Following on from my previous Five, here are some more patches that I didn’t end up creating, some of which I might take a shot at sometime in the future.

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File Additions for NBA Live 08

NBA Live 08 Cover Art

We have one new file addition today, namely an updated version of LASquared’s Historical Roster, which features several classic teams. Check it out at the link below!

LASquared
Historical Roster (Updated to v0.6)

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Wayback Wednesday: The Original NLSC Roster Updates

1998 Bulls in the NLSC Roster Updates for NBA Live 97

This is Wayback Wednesday, your midweek blast from the past! In this feature, we dig into the archives, look back at the history of basketball gaming, and indulge in some nostalgia. Check in every Wednesday for retrospectives and other features on older versions of NBA Live, NBA 2K, and old school basketball video games in general. You’ll also find old NLSC editorials re-published with added commentary, and other flashback content.

Years before I was maintaining the NLSC roster updates for NBA Live, Tim and Lutz were creating the site’s original patches. We’ve seen a lot of fantastic roster updates over the years that have brought attention to the NLSC and been very popular in the community, and that great work certainly continues to this day. However, when you’re talking about the roster updates that made this site what it’s become and inspired so many other people to get into the hobby, you can’t go past those original releases by Tim and Lutz.

Those roster updates are still available in our Downloads section, and if you’re ever in the mood for some retro basketball gaming, I’d definitely recommend downloading them. If you’re newer to the NLSC community though – and especially if you’ve mostly been involved with the NBA 2K modding scene – it might be difficult to appreciate how important and influential those original NLSC rosters were. While I do encourage you to experience them for yourself if you can, I feel it’s important that those early roster updates get their due, especially in light of 2016 marking our 20th Anniversary.

Let’s take a look back…way back…

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